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Big Tent 2017

Children and Youth Programs


Children laughing at Big Tent 2015Big Tent welcomes families and is planning for the participation of children from six months to entering 12th grade.

Children will be with their parents/guardians in worship and shared meals, and at other times will enjoy on-campus programs and activities. Staff of Giddings Lovejoy Presbytery’s Mound Ridge Camp are organizing activities for children and youth age six and up that will be age appropriate and take advantage of Washington University’s facilities.  Infants and toddlers will be cared for in a campus location staffed by qualified and experienced staff and volunteers.

Registration and Fees

Advance registration is required, by May 25, 2017

The fee (per child/youth) for these programs is

For the first child from a family:
     $100 - ages 5 and under
     $220 - ages 6 – 14
     $280 - ages 15-17
For each additional child/youth from the same family—$170

These fees cover the full Big Tent conference, beginning Thursday afternoon, and include lodging for 3 nights (sharing the parents’ suite) and the six meals included in the Big Tent program. There are adjusted fees for those staying fewer or additional nights.

For children/youth attending with parents who are commuting (not staying in the Washington University residence halls) the rates are:
     $100 -  ages 5 and under
     $125 - ages 6 and up


The children and youth programs will operate during the following Big Tent sessions (with up to 15 minutes for drop off and 15 minutes for pick up before and after these times):

Thursday, July 6  
Session 1 (Gathering/Community Building and Plenary I 2:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Friday, July 7  
Session 2 (Bible Study and workshops) 8:30 a.m.– noon
Session 3 (Afternoon workshops and Plenary II) 2:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 8  
Session 4 (Bible Study and morning workshops) 8:30 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Parents/guardians may register children for these programs as part of the on-line Big Tent registration process, but there are additional forms to be completed. These will be forwarded to parents/guardians who register children for this program, or contact the G.A. Meeting Service at, or 888-728-7228, ext. 2417.